2013: Year in Review

Because it was so much fun a last year

January:  Spending New Years in the Golan, hiking Masada, and staying in this most amazing of places in the Negev desert (home of the HBDP) — all during Jenelle’s visit.

January 5, 2013 | Negev Desert, Israel

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Downtown Ramallah during Ramadan

I loved seeing the lights that were up around Ramallah over Ramadan last year; on streetlights, across streets, strung from minarets…

This was taken in downtown Ramallah right before the evening call to prayer (but after yoga – Farashe had a special Ramadan schedule and many of the classes were designed specifically for those who would be fasting all day), when the streets were practically deserted because everyone was home (or out) waiting to break the fast with a date, a cigarette, food, or all three.

Ramadan Mubarak everyone!

Street in downtown Ramallah
August 7, 2012 | Ramallah

The Sights and Sounds of Hebron

Hebron is the largest city in the West Bank and is second only to Gaza City in the Palestinian Territories overall. It is also one of the most hotly-contested cities in the West Bank. I visited Hebron a couple of times during my year in the West Bank.

The Tomb of the Patriarchs / Ibrahimi Mosque is in the middle of the old city. It is currently divided, with restricted access and separate entrances for Muslims and Jews. As with many religious sites in the Holy Land, tourist visitors are also restricted and, in this case, Christian tourists (like myself and my companions) were only allowed to enter and exit through the Arab entrance.

Arab Entrace to the Tomb/Mosque
December 29, 2012

Once inside, the tourist ladies were required to put on robes and we were all required to remove our shoes.

Shoes Off before continuing
December 29, 2012

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St. George’s Monastery / Wadi Qelt

Last weekend, I went hiking in Wadi Qelt. A colleague recently got the book Walking Palestine, so a group of us spent the night in Jericho before driving out to St. George’s Monastery in Wadi Qelt and walking back.

February 23, 2013

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